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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen one of the most popular writers for young adults basically a teen romance Set during a summer in a small beach town- Colby North Carolina this story is about Auden a teen that goes on a quest to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed with the help of Eli who is still trying to come to the terms with the guilt that he feels for the death of a friend Auden West has missed out on so many things learning how to ride a bike is just one of many Even before her parents started fighting or the divorce occurred as child up till now she has always been treated as an adult Auden is an overachiever who focuses on her academics to please her intellectual egotistical and demanding mother and to be the perfect daughter Shes also an insomniac who started spending her nights studying and drinking coffee at Rays Diner during her sophomore year to avoid hearing or witnessing her parents fighting Auden decides to spend her summer with her father his new wife and her stepmother Heidi and their newborn her half-sister Thisbe in a small beach town Colby When she arrives Auden finds that her father is too immersed in his novel to care about his new family her stepmother Heidi is in need of help with the baby but denies any help given and that the baby Thisbe is really colicky In an effort to help Heidi get some rest Auden takes Thisbe out in her stroller around town she meets a boy a local where few words were said Auden gets a job as bookkeeper at a small girly boutique owned by Heidi Clementines There she meets and eventually later in the story befriends Maggie Leah and Esther though it took quite some time for them to accept her
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